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Quad tightness keeps Jeter out of lineup

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees are managing another injury situation with team captain Derek Jeter, who was held out of Sunday night's lineup against the Red Sox with a tight right quadriceps.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jeter felt his quad tighten during Friday's 4-2 loss to Boston. Jeter had a scheduled day off on Saturday against the Red Sox, and Girardi decided to give Jeter another day on Sunday to take advantage of Monday's off-day.

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees are managing another injury situation with team captain Derek Jeter, who was held out of Sunday night's lineup against the Red Sox with a tight right quadriceps.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jeter felt his quad tighten during Friday's 4-2 loss to Boston. Jeter had a scheduled day off on Saturday against the Red Sox, and Girardi decided to give Jeter another day on Sunday to take advantage of Monday's off-day.

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Girardi said that no tests are scheduled, and that Jeter would be available to come off the bench in an emergency. Jeter is still scheduled to play on Tuesday against the Cubs, Girardi said.

"He's not real happy, but I told him missing one game is better than possibly missing four to six weeks if something was to happen," Girardi said. "I feel really good about putting him out there on Tuesday as of right now."

Girardi noted that Jeter dealt with some tightness this spring and was able to get through it without missing time.

"I didn't see him move around a lot different on Friday, but it's a concern of mine when someone tells me something is tight," Girardi said. "I think it's more apt to do something serious if you don't work that stiffness out."

Jeter was limited to just 17 games last season by a variety of injuries, including a strained right quadriceps that sent him to the disabled list in July. Girardi said that he needs to be proactive in guarding Jeter against more significant injuries.

"I think you have to," Girardi said. "He's 39 years old, and I think you have to be smart about it and understand there are times you're going to have to give him a day off. I ran him out there seven days in a row, and it's something that I'll think about the next time.

"I was going to watch him, basically. It wasn't going to be an exact science. A lot of it depended on how he was doing, and he looked great; he looked fine. He was swinging the bat, so I left him in there."

Jeter is batting .286 (10-for-35) with two doubles and an RBI in 10 games this season.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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